Blogging for Breast Cancer – Site of the Day

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It won’t take long for the ribbons and pink din of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to fade into the background of our busy lives, so we’ve got to strike while the iron’s hot.


Breast cancer awareness and supporting groups like the BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Fund) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are very personal causes for many.


Last night, Nancy from Beauty411 sent out an email to members of the Beauty Blog Network explaining why she was participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I asked her if I could reproduce it here…

I’m blogging pink in honor of my mom, who passed away from breast cancer. This is also why I am so committed to the Estee Lauder brand and am so grateful for their partnership in October with the BBN [Beauty Blog Network].

My mom was seeing an oncologist at the Mayo Clinic and had received many different cancer treatments, as she was participating in clinical trials. She was so brave. I had read that there was a center within the Mayo Clinic where you could go and beauticians were on hand to fit you with a wig. I convinced my mom that we should at least check it out.

When we went there, the staff couldn’t have been more supportive. They fitted my mom with a wig (she had lost much of her hair, and although she was self conscious, she was too proud to admit that she “needed” one). They also came out with a box of cosmetics — all Estee Lauder brands. The first thing my mom did was pick up a lipstick and apply it. My eyes met hers in the mirror and she said “I think it’s going to be ok, now.”

That box of cosmetics got my mom through a very difficult day and through many more. I wish I knew the person at their Corporate office that I could thank and tell them how much that meant to me and my mom. That’s why the BCRF is so important to me, also. That’s why I blog pink in October.


Throughout October, Nancy will feature pink products on her blog, many of them Estee Lauder brands. In the left sidebar, she’s running a ChipIn widget for donations to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and will also hold a contest at the end of the month.

Nancy has put a lot of work into breast cancer awareness this month. Let’s show her some love and leave her some comments. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Almira says:

    That story was absolutely beautiful o.o’;

    Thank you for calling it to my attention.

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  2. p. potter says:

    What a wonderful thing to support.

    It makes me happy when I see people using their public forum for the good of humankind.

    p. potters last blog post..If I were a rich man

  3. Laurie says:

    That’s a great story – and I love her blog! I think Total Beauty and the BBN are doing great things this month by bringing attention to this issue. All of the beauty blogs I follow are doing great things, you all should be proud.

  4. Thanks so much for supporting breast cancer awareness month. I work for a company that makes the breast cancer drug Herceptin, so this topic hits home. It’s definitely not something that falls into the background here when October is over! 🙂

  5. Sylvie says:

    Hi Karen, have you got any ideas how to wear a coppery/orange eyeshadow? (I’m specifically talking about Brash from the Spiced Chocolate quad from Cult of Cherry). I love the other three but I seriously don’t know what to do with it! The only thing I can think about is to put it only on the lid plus thick black liner. You’re definitely pretty creative so it’d be great to hear your ideas. 🙂

  6. Tiffany says:

    Tears welled up in my eyes while reading that…Thanks for posting, Karen.

  7. Glosslizard says:

    Thanks for the heads-up! 🙂

  8. lexi says:

    Between Nancy’s note and Christina Applegate on Oprah – it is really making me aware that this can strike regardless if it runs in your family or not. I will make a promise to myself to check for lumps or bumps regularly! Thanks for spreading the word!

  9. Marisol says:

    Thank you for sharing her story. I will go over to her site and comment.

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  10. Sylvie says:

    By the way, the only breast cancer patient I know is a man. And I think it’s more horrible for them considering that it’s the last thing they’ll expect to happen to them.

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